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The Bluepencilagency First Novel Prize Closing date: 31st May 2019. Prizes: £1000 plus introduction to literary agent, Nelle Andrew, Runner Up - £250 and manuscript review. Entry fee: £20. Looking for:  Any genre with the exception of children’s fiction and non-fiction. YA is permitted provided there is an adult crossover. Further info: Authors must be over 18 years old at the time of entry. Website: https://bluepencilagency.com/ Peggy Chapman-Andrews First Novel Award Closing date: 31st May 2019. Prizes: £1,000 and mentoring, £500 and manuscript appraisal, 3 x £100 and 50-page manuscript appraisal. Entry fee: None stated. Further info: Entries will be the first chapters of the novel, a minimum of 5,000 words and a maximum of 8,000 words in total, plus a synopsis of 300 words. Website: https://www.bridportprize.org.uk/content/writing-competition Yeovil literary Prize (Novel) Closing date: 31st May 2019. Prizes: 1st £1000; 2nd £250; 3rd £100. Entry fee: £12. Looking for: Synopsis and Opening Chapters (combined maximum 15,000 words) Website: https://www.yeovilprize.co.uk/ Bridport Prize 2019 (Novel) Closing date: 31st May 2019. Prizes: 1st Prize: £1,000. Entry fee: £20. Looking for: Novels with a maximum 8,000 words. Email: kate@bridportprize.org.uk Website: https://www.bridportprize.org.uk/ The Bath Novel Award 2019 Closing date: 2nd June 2019. Prizes: £2,500 plus literary agent introductions and manuscript feedback. Entry fee: £25 per novel, with sponsored entries available for low income writers. Looking for: The first 5,000 words plus one page synopsis of novels in any genre. Further info: Open worldwide to unpublished, and independently published novelists. Website: https://bathnovelaward.co.uk/2019-2/ Narrative Prize Closing date: 15th June 2019. Prizes: $4,000. Entry fee: Free entry. Looking for: Novel excerpt, published in Narrative. Website: https://www.narrativemagazine.com/great-stories/narrative-prize The Eludia Award Closing date: June 30, 2019. Prizes: The winning manuscript will be published on our imprint, Sowilo Press, and will receive $1000 plus a standard publication contract. Entry fee: $22 US. Looking for: The prize is open to women writers age 40 and older, who do not yet have a book-length publication of fiction. Further details: This competition is open to international submissions for all writers in English, and we encourage submissions from our international community of women writers. Website: https://hiddenriverarts.wordpress.com/eludia-guidelines/ North Street Book Prize Closing date: 30th June 2019. Prizes: One grand prize winner will receive $3,000; The top winner in each category will receive $1,000; One honorable mention in each category will receive $250. See website for more prizes. Entry fee: $60 per book. Looking for: Length limit: 200,000 words maximum. You may submit a collection of short stories or essays as a single entry. Website: https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/north-street-book-prize Impress Prize for New Writers Closing date: 30th June 2019. Prizes:  £500 advance and publication. Entry fee: £25 Looking for: Entries should comprise of a book proposal and a sample chapter, the latter should be of no more than 6,000 words. Further details: Website: http://www.impress-books.co.uk/impress-prize/?page_id=384 Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition Closing date: 30th June 2019. Prizes: €1,000, €500, chapbook publication for both winners plus both winners will win a chapbook publication and 25 complimentary copies. The winning poets are also offered a reading and three nights' accommodation at the Cork International Poetry Festival (Spring 2020). Entry fee: €25. Looking for: Short collection of poetry between 16 and 24 pages. Website: https://www.munsterlit.ie/Fool%20for%20Poetry Wells Festival of Literature's Book for Children  Competition Closing date: 30th June 2019. Prizes: First prize £750 and a critique of the winning entry by Gill lewis, Second £300, Third £200, Local prize £100. Further info: Judge Gill Lewis. Entry fee: £6.00. Website: https://www.wellsfestivalofliterature.org.uk/ 2019 Fitzcarraldo Editions Novel Prize Closing date: 15th July 2019. Prizes: £3,000 advance, publication by Fitzcarraldo. Free entry. Looking for: novels which explore and expand the possibilities of the form, which are innovative and imaginative in style, which tackle subjects and themes relevant to the world we live in. Website: https://fitzcarraldoeditions.com/prizes/novel-prize Green Stories Writing Competitions - Full-length novel Closing date: 31st Aug 2019. Prizes: £750: 1st prize £500, 2nd prize £100, third prize £50 plus £50 for best student submission (18-25 years) and £50 for best < 18 year submission. Entry fee: Free Looking for: Length: This will depend on genre, normal novels are 50,000 – 100, 000 words but children’s books may be as little as 15000. Submit the first 5,000 words double-spaced and numbered pages plus a one-page synopsis.  We will then ask for the full novel from best entries. Further details: We have agreement from a literary agent from the top agency Curtis Brown to read the top entries and consider any writers they think suitable for representation. Website: http://www.greenstories.org.uk/full-length-novel/ Best Indie /Self-Published Book Closing date: 1st October 2019. Prizes: The author of the book named as the Best Self-Published book will receive editorial coverage as well as a year’s worth of full-page ads in Shelf Unbound. Entry fee: $100 per book. Looking for: Any indie/ self-published book in any genre is eligible for entry. Website: https://shelfmediagroup.com/competitions/ Cinnamon Literature Award Closing date: 30th November, 2019. Prizes: The winning entrant will have their book published by Cinnamon Press. Entry fee: £16. Looking for:  First 10,000 of your novel. Check website for full submission details and rules. Website: https://www.cinnamonpress.com/
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The Bluepencilagency First Novel Prize Closing date: 31st May 2019. Prizes: £1000 plus introduction to literary agent, Nelle Andrew, Runner Up - £250 and manuscript review. Entry fee: £20. Looking for:  Any genre with the exception of children’s fiction and non-fiction. YA is permitted provided there is an adult crossover. Further info: Authors must be over 18 years old at the time of entry. Website: https://bluepencilagency.com/competition- first-novel-award-2019/ Peggy Chapman-Andrews First Novel Award Closing date: 31st May 2019. Prizes: £1,000 and mentoring, £500 and manuscript appraisal, 3 x £100 and 50-page manuscript appraisal. Entry fee: None stated. Further info: Entries will be the first chapters of the novel, a minimum of 5,000 words and a maximum of 8,000 words in total, plus a synopsis of 300 words. Website: https://www.bridportprize.org.uk/content/writing- competition Yeovil literary Prize (Novel) Closing date: 31st May 2019. Prizes: 1st £1000; 2nd £250; 3rd £100. Entry fee: £12. Looking for: Synopsis and Opening Chapters (combined maximum 15,000 words) Website: https://www.yeovilprize.co.uk/ Bridport Prize 2019 (Novel) Closing date: 31st May 2019. Prizes: 1st Prize: £1,000. Entry fee: £20. Looking for: Novels with a maximum 8,000 words. Email: kate@bridportprize.org.uk Website: https://www.bridportprize.org.uk/ The Bath Novel Award 2019 Closing date: 2nd June 2019. Prizes: £2,500 plus literary agent introductions and manuscript feedback. Entry fee: £25 per novel, with sponsored entries available for low income writers. Looking for:   first 5,000 words plus one page synopsis of novels in any genre. Further info: Open worldwide to unpublished, and independently published novelists. Website: https://bathnovelaward.co.uk/2019-2/ Narrative Prize Closing date: 15th June 2019. Prizes: $4,000. Entry fee: Free entry. Looking for: Novel excerpt, published in Narrative. Website: https://www.narrativemagazine.com/great- stories/narrative-prize The Eludia Award Closing date: June 30, 2019. Prizes: The winning manuscript will be published on our imprint, Sowilo Press, and will receive $1000 plus a standard publication contract. Entry fee: $22 US. Looking for: The prize is open to women writers age 40 and older, who do not yet have a book-length publication of fiction. Further details: This competition is open to international submissions for all writers in English, and we encourage submissions from our international community of women writers. Website: https://hiddenriverarts.wordpress.com/eludia- guidelines/ North Street Book Prize Closing date: 30th June 2019. Prizes: One grand prize winner will receive $3,000; The top winner in each category will receive $1,000; One honorable mention in each category will receive $250. See website for more prizes. Entry fee: $60 per book. Looking for: Length limit: 200,000 words maximum. You may submit a collection of short stories or essays as a single entry. Website: https://winningwriters.com/our- contests/north-street-book-prize Impress Prize for New Writers Closing date: 30th June 2019. Prizes:  £500 advance and publication. Entry fee: £25 Looking for: Entries should comprise of a book proposal and a sample chapter, the latter should be of no more than 6,000 words. Further details: Website: http://www.impress-books.co.uk/impress- prize/?page_id=384 Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition Closing date: 30th June 2019. Prizes: €1,000, €500, chapbook publication for both winners plus both winners will win a chapbook publication and 25 complimentary copies. The winning poets are also offered a reading and three nights' accommodation at the Cork International Poetry Festival (Spring 2020). Entry fee: €25. Looking for: Short collection of poetry between 16 and 24 pages. Website: https://www.munsterlit.ie/Fool%20for%20Poetry Wells Festival of Literature's Book for Children  Competition Closing date: 30th June 2019. Prizes: First prize £750 and a critique of the winning entry by Gill lewis, Second £300, Third £200, Local prize £100. Entry fee: £6.00. Further info: Judge Gill Lewis. Website: https://www.wellsfestivalofliterature.org.uk/ 2019 Fitzcarraldo Editions Novel Prize Closing date: 15th July 2019. Prizes: £3,000 advance, publication by Fitzcarraldo. Free entry. Looking for: novels which explore and expand the possibilities of the form, which are innovative and imaginative in style, which tackle subjects and themes relevant to the world we live in. Website: https://fitzcarraldoeditions.com/prizes/novel- prize Green Stories Writing Competitions - Full-length novel Closing date: 31st Aug 2019. Prizes: £750: 1st prize £500, 2nd prize £100, third prize £50 plus £50 for best student submission (18-25 years) and £50 for best < 18 year submission. Entry fee: Free Looking for: Length: This will depend on genre, normal novels are 50,000 – 100, 000 words but children’s books may be as little as 15000. Submit the first 5,000 words double-spaced and numbered pages plus a one-page synopsis.  We will then ask for the full novel from best entries. Further details: We have agreement from a literary agent from the top agency Curtis Brown to read the top entries and consider any writers they think suitable for representation. Website: http://www.greenstories.org.uk/full-length- novel/ Best Indie /Self-Published Book Closing date: 1st October 2019. Prizes: The author of the book named as the Best Self-Published book will receive editorial coverage as well as a year’s worth of full-page ads in Shelf Unbound. Entry fee: $100 per book. Looking for: Any indie/ self-published book in any genre is eligible for entry. Website: https://shelfmediagroup.com/competitions/ Cinnamon Literature Award Closing date: 30th November, 2019. Prizes: The winning entrant will have their book published by Cinnamon Press. Entry fee: £16. Further info: Judge Gill Lewis. Looking for:  First 10,000 of your novel. Check website for full submission details and rules. Website: https://www.cinnamonpress.com/
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